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Test Valley Gazette

ISSUE No. 195 MAY, 2012

Y ou r free local com mu nity ma ga zine

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Win a FREE party buffet from Andover Buffets to the value of £200 - page 6 The latest in sound and vision - page 10

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We specialise in providing reliable, high qua We enable people to remain in their own homes, and a our quality service Based throughout Hampshire & Dorset, we hope

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Welcome to the May edition of the Test Valley Gazette. I am so pleased with all your kind words reference to the Gazette. Your support has been great. Hope you had a lovely Easter and looking forward to a few more bank holidays which are upon us. If over the bank holidays you need to take the children somewhere please have a look on page 46 at Tree Runners. I have had a fantastic time there over the last few weeks. Children and Adults love it!!! In July myself and quite a few others are attempting the 3 peaks challenge in 24hrs for the Andover Young Carrers charity, which I am currently training for, and if anyone would like to sponsor me please could you go to and sponsor Tracey Keogh. Please could I also ask for those of you on facebook to join us on @MLGPublishing and Our magazines are printed in a factory that is FSC® & ISO 14001 certified. Sustainable and environmentally friendly printing is part of our ethos. Using vegetable-based inks and recycling nearly 100% of our paper waste means you can be confident that this publication isn’t harming the planet.


Join us on or visit our website: For advertising and general enquiries contact: Tracey Keogh – or call 01264-310476 / 07775-927161 The Test Valley Gazette is hand delivered to 21,000 readers throughout the Test Valley, from the South of Andover to Romsey – and is designed not to be just another “through-the-doorthrow-away-publication” but rather a monthly source of information. I also launched the Andover Gazette in September 2007 with a circulation of 10,000. This brings the number of Gazette magazines published to five, reaching half a million households each year. Advertisers have the benefit of our free in-house design for their advertisements by a professional artwork and graphics team. Clients or agencies supplying artwork or images should send JPGs or PDFs, 300 dpi minimum if actual size, or at a higher resolution if smaller than the size required. MLG Publishing reserves the right to accept or reject any article or material supplied for publication or to edit such material prior to publication. The opinions expressed or advice given in this publication are the views of the individual authors and do not necessarily represent the views of the publisher. Every care is taken when compiling this magazine, however we cannot accept liability for any misprints or mistakes and no responsibility can be taken for loss, damage or omission of material due to error. It is the client’s responsibility to ensure they have permission to use any artwork which they supply to us or request us to reproduce. Unless prior consent of the publisher is given, no part of this publication is to be reproduced.


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In this issue… 6 10 13

Win a Free Party Buffet Latest in Sound & Vision West Dean Announces New Fete Plans for June 2012


Martin & Co, Andover’s Carole Bazzoni Shortlisted at the ESTAS

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Apex Care Parkes Brown and Brockmans Solicitors Merge

29-32 Cruise In 36 Test Valley Scores in Top 20 Rural Areas to Live


Are You In Danger Of Losing Your Memories? Think Backup!


Useful Numbers and Information


Tree Runners: Test Valley’s Newest Attraction Offers a Forest Adventure


Webbs Natural Pet Care presents Pooches in the Park


“Couples Should Undergo a Relationship MOT”


Dates For Your Diary

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Win a FREE Party Buffet from Andover Buffets to the value of £200 Andover Buffets, a new bespoke catering service, is offering Test Valley Gazette & Andover Gazette readers the chance of winning a £200 buffet to be taken any time in 2012 (subject to availability). In addition, as part of its launch, all competition entrants will qualify for a 10% discount for any 2012 buffet booked before 30th June 2012. To enter simply fill in the missing word from Andover Buffets’ advert on page 19. “??????? for food is so important, costs absolutely nothing but adds so much value to the end result” To find out more about Andover Buffets services take a look at their website: All entries should be sent to:, or telephone Tracey on: 01264-310476 leaving your name, telephone number and your answer. Closing date for entries is 31st May 2012. The draw will be made on 4th June 2012 and announced in the July edition of the Test Valley Gazette.

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Rodents can be a problem all year round, but even more so during the colder months. At Midoak, we pride ourselves on carrying out an excellent service, at an exceptional price. We offer a rapid response, 7 days a week, with free initial consultation and no obligation. Whether you’re a domestic or commercial customer, we understand that unwanted visitors can cause issues for hygiene and safety. We therefore offer help with all common UK pest species, including Rats, Mice, Bed Bugs, Fleas, Cockroaches, Squirrels, Wasps and Ants. Plus vegetation clearance, invasive plant clearance and contract work.


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West Dean Announces New Fete Plans for June 2012 Promising to deliver family fun, great stalls and good food April 2012 - West Dean Village Fete is announcing a big change for its 2012 event on June 2nd 1-5pm. Opened by Jon Cuthill, presenter of BBC1 programme “Inside Out”, this year not only does the fete promise to be so much bigger, it will essentially have a rebrand with a fresh look and feel, following the Royal Theme for the Queens Jubilee. Embracing new and exciting ideas whilst reinvigorating the old village traditions, the fete will this year combine highly ‘competitive’ games such as the inter-pub tug of war competition and dog show, with a food and craft fair, vintage car and tractor display, children’s crafts zone, livestock area, plus a plethora of fabulous stalls from local shops and sellers. Furthermore, an awe inspiring hawk demonstration will open the show in the main ring. The addition of the new food area for 2012 promises to provide a forum for local farmers and producers to sell their home grown produce, and with many scrumptious treats to eat and drink from the Village Teas, Ploughmans Bar & BBQ and Country Pimms Tent, there will be so much to choose from. Children are invited to join in with the many exciting activities such as a percussion procession, country dancing, dog show, fancy dress competition, pony rides and much, much more. Furthermore, a free craft tent will be onsite with 3 different art and craft activities for the children to get as creative as possible. So you parents can rest assured that your little cherubs will be kept busy and entertained.

silent auction prizes, the village is aiming to raise over £5,000 for the local community to go towards designated projects such as a updated Church heating system, new playground facilities and village hall improvements. Set to be a superb day in the local calendar for the summer of 2012 – this is something you just cannot miss. For more information or to take a stall at the event, or submit your entry for the dog show please visit the West Dean Village Facebook page or phone Clare Jones on 07812 343412.

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Commenting on the exciting changes for 2012, Chairman, Derek Howland of the West Dean Fete Committee added, “We are very excited about this year’s event and are busy working hard to ensure we continue to recruit new and exciting sellers, demonstrations and activities,” he continued, “We are hoping to attract people from the broader area to come and really enjoy our lovely village setting and all we have to offer. It will be easy to reach for many as we have a train station with direct lines to Romsey, Southampton and Salisbury, so people can make it a nice day out for all the family.”

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We at Purdey Pups Dog Grooming are celebrating our 15th year of dog grooming and now we offer even more. Do you want to become a TOP GROOMER, if so call Miranda on 07976 618 098 to discuss how our tailor-made courses can fit in with your current lifestyle and work commitments BECOME YOUR OWN BOSS AND BE A TOP GROOMER! For a full list of services visit FREEPHONE

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Martin & Co, Andover’s Carole Bazzoni shortlisted at the ESTAS

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Carole Bazzoni, Franchise Owner of Martin & Co Andover has been recognised for her high level of customer service after entering the Estate & Letting Agent Awards 2012.

Award at a local level. The Martin & Co network are also defending their title of Best Large Letting Chain – Gold award 2009, Silver in 2010 and 2011 and are hopeful of success at this year’s awards.

The Estate & Letting Agent Awards are the largest and longest running awards in the estate and letting agent industry and are the only awards judged on feedback from customers.

For further information about Martin & Co nationally please contact Marketing Director Jayne Codling on 01202-405543 or email jayne.

The regional and national and individual winners will be announced by Phil Spencer, the TV Property expert at the 9th annual ESTAS ceremony at the Hilton Park Lane on 20th April.

For the second year running the competition has recognised individual excellence by short listing members of staff based on the feedback received from their own clients. Twenty-five members of staff from agents of all different shapes and sizes have been shortlisted and at the awards five individuals will receive a Highly Commended Award. Carole Bazzoni commented: “I am delighted with this recognition; it means a lot to be shortlisted as this is from feedback from my landlords. It is great to gain feedback and to know that I have built up an excellent working relationship with my landlords. Thank you to everyone that took the time to vote for me.” In total twenty-seven Martin & Co offices have been shortlisted and will be joining agents from seventeen regions across the country for the Gold


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Introducing Andover Buffets whose philosophy is simple: “Buffet food need not cost a fortune; it just needs care, expertise and above all passion to ensure a positive overall experience.”

Andover Buffets provide quality home cooked buffet catering in and around the Andover area, suitable for all occasions, buffet catering that is tailored to your specific needs and to your budget. So whether your need is for a family event such as a small gathering at home to celebrate a life, through to a large sumptuous wedding, or for the business community e.g. lunches and events, Andover Buffets can exceed your expectations. Importantly I can work to your budget – not necessarily on a per head basis I prefer not to work on a fixed ‘per head’ basis because I believe this can very quickly become unnecessarily expensive, especially for larger numbers where economies of scale should (but often don’t) come in to play and it also allows me to be flexible with your requirements. Because I work from my home, I can keep overheads to a minimum and therefore the costs of my services are very competitive, despite using high quality and, where possible, local ingredients – my preferred suppliers of fresh ingredients are: Waitrose and Laverstoke Park Farm. Passion for food is so important, costs absolutely nothing but adds so much value to the end result – why not have a look at the photos of my food, some of which are detailed above, throughout my website and see the sample costs in the menu section, covering both family and business events. Hopefully you will see what can be achieved at very reasonable prices. So if you are considering catering for a function, why not contact me first for a quote. Jane Berntsen

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Apex Care Apex Care is a specialist home care provider. It has been successfully assisting and bettering the lives of those in need for over a decade. As well as extending its services to the frail elderly and people with learning disabilities, Apex Care also welcomes physically disabled and younger people who require care but want to remain in the comfort of their own homes. With elderly people becoming less reluctant to enter residential homes, the demand for Domiciliary Care has become significantly more important in the past few years. Apex Care has responded to this demand and has developed its services to make itself one of the leading home care providers in the industry. It strives to provide care workers to clients in both the care homes industry and to individuals within their own homes. Its customer-focused service complies with the requirements of The Health and Social Care Act 2008 and thus customers requiring the care of Apex Care can be assured that their needs will be met by a professional organisation, in accordance with accredited guidelines. Apex Care offers its customers an assortment of care services. ⋅ Home Care for the elderly is for those individuals with a less severe need for care. Customers can invite carers into their homes for short term visits or for help with specific tasks such as bathing or light domestic duties. ⋅ Palliative and Terminal Care is a compassionate care service for customers who are chronically or terminally ill and require care to manage their symptoms. Given the sensitiveness of the situation, carers are trained to adopt a specialist approach to both the customers, their families and can even offer support for bereavement and grief. ⋅ Dementia Care can be provided to customers in their homes, depending upon the level of dementia symptoms they experience. ⋅ Live-in Care is the most comprehensive of Apex Cares services. Customers are enabled to remain in the comfort of their own homes, whilst benefiting from the services of a live-in carer who can look after you and manage your household. This service allows you to live YOUR way in YOUR home whilst providing you with companionship and support from a friendly carer day and night.


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⋅ A pop-in service is available for clients wanting assistance with small but essential household tasks. ⋅ A Personal Care service is often used by customers requiring assistance with bathing and dressing. ⋅ Night Sitters and Sleepers are carers who spend the night at your home, allowing customers to enjoy the peace of mind and security at night. Our commitment to our clients is at the forefront of our priorities and thus, Apex Care ensures that it employs only the most competent, qualified and capable carers to reflect and enhance its first-class reputation. All employees undergo a thorough interview where their abilities will be rigorously checked alongside their references. CRB checks are compulsory for each member of staff as is the requirement for them to be registered with an NVQ level 2 within six months of commencing employment (if not already attained). Considering the care of its customers as central to its aims, Apex Care endeavours to provide its staff with role-appropriate training that will enable customers to experience the very best in care and attention as a result. The life of a carer is considerably rewarding and Apex Care targets its recruitment towards a wide and varied demographic of all ages and genders. Its youngest carer is just 18 and its oldest is over 70. Whether you want to be a live-in carer or would be willing to give short-term care, Apex Care can accommodate you. Typically live-in carers can expect to be with a client from morning to night, providing assistance with getting up in the morning to preparing meals for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Short-term carers will usually visit customers to attend to personal needs, light household duties and a range of other customer requirements. Do you have the patience and compassion to provide love and companionship to those who need it the most? And do you have a genuine interest in looking after people? If so, contact Apex Care today to begin your journey as a carer. At Apex Care we promise to equip you with all the training and knowledge you will need to be a pillar of hope and support for those individuals wishing to retain their independence during difficult times.

Along with caring for clients with varied needs Apex Care also offers a wide spectrum of first-class and useful services. Although your needs can be met upon request, the most commonly entreated services are:

If you would like to enquire about any of the services provided by Apex Care or believe you have what it takes to become an Apex Care carer please do not hesitate to contact:

⋅ Home Help for customers needing help with shopping, housework and/or the preparing of meals.

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Home Care & Live In Care We specialise in providing reliable, high quality care and support to people living in their own homes. We enable people to remain in their own homes, and assist with maintaining and promoting their independence, knowing our quality service is always there to support them. Based throughout Hampshire & Dorset, we hope to provide a range of services to cope with all of your needs.


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Parkes Brown and Brockmans Solicitors Merge The merger of two of the area’s leading legal firms has created a business whose focus will combine specialist legal expertise with a passion for the community. The coming together of Parkes Browne in Andover and Brockmans Solicitors at Stockbridge will provide an expanded team of more than a dozen specialist staff able to service a wider area. The firm’s incorporated name is DBB Law LLP, but will be known as DBB Solicitors. Managing Partner Michelle Duckworth heads a management team including David Browne and Alison Brockman. “We are very flexible in our hours and approach,” said Michelle Duckworth. “We visit sick and elderly clients, we offer a flexible cost structure and our team is reactive to clients’ needs. Clients expect an out of office service. We are available outside standard 9-5 office hours and have the resources to meet that expectation without extra cost,” she added. “We are totally transparent and offer specialist legal advice at economic prices with no hidden costs. DBB Solicitors is distinct, with a fresh perspective.” Alison Brockman sees the merger as meeting the changing landscape of the legal industry by adopting

a new corporate image and approach. “After working together over the past decade there’s a real synergy between us, with a similar approach to client care,” said David Browne. “The merger has provided a platform for us to further expand and grow,” Michelle said. “We are accredited by the Law Society within their Conveyance Quality Scheme and also members of APIL, the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers which ensures high standards of client care are maintained, and we are also members of Resolution which aims to ease the path of divorce,” said Alison Brockman. The firm is taking a more holistic approach to the law and is passionate about making a difference and getting involved in the community. “We want to hear the community voice and react to it,” added Michelle. They are already involved in work experience schemes and are active in the Andover Apprenticeship Scheme. DBB Solicitors also regularly cater for high net worth clients and are specialist commercial advisors, and as the two offices are a totally unified business, clients can be seen at either location.

DBB Solicitors… …combining law with the community Parkes Browne and Brockmans solicitors have merged to create DBB Solicitors, bringing a fresh approach to handling legal matters and a passion for its place in the community. Convenient: Offices in Andover and Stockbridge, clients are welcome to be seen at either location. Flexible: Appointments can be arranged between 7.30am and 7pm, home visits possible. Transparent: No hidden costs and payment plans can be arranged. Personal: Face-to-face relationships with someone you can trust to help you through the legal process.

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Dear Friends, I can honestly say that out of every cruise I have been on, and I daren't brag about the number, Alaska was the best ever! It was a magical experience. Totally different to the Nowegian Fjords even to the extent of 'exciting'! Wildlife, Whales, Gold town of Skagway, Totem Poles of Ketchikan, Glaciers and beautiful scenery. Every stop totally different in character. This Alaska cruise is a Cruise In exclusive pricewise. Up to £600 per person cheaper than anyone else. Don't lose out if you want to see Alaska.


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3 AMAziNg Nights oN iNdepeNdeNce of the seAs - £249pp Just take a look at the inside spread of this Newsletter insert. No, it's not a joke! this is the best offer for a 3-night mini cruise we – at Cruise In – have ever seen. Independence of the Seas, at 160,000 tons is the biggest luxury 4-star ship sailing out of Southampton. Never cruised before? Doubtful about cruising being for you? Well, no more excuses! It will make up your mind for good! Come and join all the staff of Cruise In on this wonderful cruise with two lovely itinerary stops at Zeebrugge for bruges and Le Havre for Honfleur, Normandy or even paris! the biggest bonus of booking with Cruise In? Included in our special 3-nighter is a chance to visit the 'ben & Jerry Sweet', a pr Atrium cabin, a viewing of a 606 square feet Owners Suite, optional Cruise In coach tours from Zeebrugge and Le Havre at special Cruise In prices. enough said? See you onboard!

As the proverb hAs it, A fAir exchANge is No robbery. For many years we've used one supplier, thomas exchange, to exchange our currency. Come to think of it, it's many, many years, even when we were based in Victoria, back in our London days. We still use them to this day, buying online. their front page makes it easy for visitors by showing euros and dollars. they supply commission-free holiday money and traveller's cheques. We've found they always give a better rate than high street banks, the post Office, m&S and all travel agents. You buy online and the cash arrives the following day by post, for which you have to sign. their website is so there you go, a tip straight from the horse's mouth.

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How often ‘Sold Out’ becomes ‘Not Sold Out’ because of cancelled cabins! We’re always sympathetic about cancellations because very often they’re caused by family problems. but misfortune for some is opportunity for others. We’ve two cancelled cabins on our Douro cruise in July. And no wonder the cruise was sold out! the value, with add-ons, was just amazing! At £655 per person for a main Deck cabin on a 5-star ship, cruising 4 nights with full board, plus 3 nights b&b in a 4-star hotel in July, it was a steal! It sold out so quickly we didn’t even keep a waiting list! So it’s first come, first served. even more amazing, the price is still the same! It should now be at least £840 due to massive flight and hotel price increases because of high season demand! but to sell these two cabins quickly, we’ve held the price. please don’t ask for any airport but Gatwick because, believe it or not, that’s all we can get! Cliff and rose are accompanying this cruise and can’t wait for their fourth visit! maybe, just maybe, they will see you in Oporto!

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CELEBRITY ECLIPSE® 8 NIGHT NORWEGIAN FJORDS No-flying, Celebrity Eclipse, and the Norwegian fjords to look forward to! What more could you wish for in nine days? If you haven’t seen the fjords, you’ll have heard about their beauty, the splendour, the magnificence. Nothing compares to seeing the fjords with your own eyes. They are overwhelmingly awesome. As for Geiranger fjord, it’s the fjord of all fjords.The same may be said of Celebrity Eclipse. She’s truly a ‘ship of all ships’. Launched in 2010 she was hailed as a new benchmark in cruise ship design.

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regional air flights from £99pp Captain’s Club onboard spend benefits up to $500 per stateroom depending on grade

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14 Night meDiterraNeaN A wonderful cruise on Celebrity Eclipse with an equally wonderful itinerary. All we have to do is mention the names: Malaga, Villefranche, Rome, Lisbon, Gibraltar and so on, a roll call of the Mediterranean’s finest ports of call. Malaga is one of the oldest cities in the world. Perhaps its most famous son is Pablo Picasso. Free Parking at Southampton

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A wonderful itinerary on a choice of dates sailing on the magnificent Celebrity Eclipse, one of the best premium category cruise ships in the world. You’ll enjoy superb service, gourmet food, wonderful staterooms and all manner of facilities you’d never think to find at sea. From the top deck lawn club to the magnificent theatre, prepare to be dazzled. Celebrity Eclipse brings fabulous modern luxury to everyone who has the pleasure of cruising on her.

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Scandinavia and Russia just grow and grow in cruising popularity, especially when there’s no flying. There is simply so much of interest to see from the delights of Stockholm & St Petersburg to the magical Tallin & Copenhagen. The whole world of northern European civilisation opens up before you, every port of call a history lesson. And as for the shopping, it could melt your plastic if you’re not careful. Whatever you’re interested in, you’ll find it. But don’t think all the fun is ashore. There’s so much to do onboard you may never get off!

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A no-flying cruise with a superb itinerary on a superb ship. Reykjavik, capital of Iceland, is stunningly beautiful. Klaksvik, with its famous pyramid mountain towering over the entrance to the harbour, is the fishing capital of the Faroe Islands. You still have Flam, Olden, Bergen and the fjords to come! Not forgetting, of course, that the 122,000 ton Celebrity Eclipse is, to use the cliché, a destination in itself. There’s many a port of call that would love to boast of half the facilities you’ll find onboard. Stateroom Grade

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14 Night From £1249 6 July, *3 August 2013 southampton reykjavik (overnight) Akureyri, iceland Klaksvik, Faroe islands geiranger, Norway Flam, Norway stavanger, Norway Kristiansand, Norway southampton *Itinerary differs, please call

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Test Valley Scores in Top 20 Rural Areas to Live, Says The Halifax by Angela Wilbraham, Community Manager, of We’re lucky to live in Test Valley, according to the latest survey from the Halifax, which placed our region in the top 20 rural areas to live in Great Britain.

landscape, picturesque villages and towns like Romsey, Stockbridge and Andover, all with the beautiful River Test flowing through it.

Test Valley actually came 14th out of a total 119 local authority areas across Great Britain. We scored particularly well for employment at 81.4%, well above the national average of 70%. But the score also took into account factors like the weather (although the Isle of Wight is the sunniest spot), income levels, health and life expectancy, as well as things like broadband access, education (class sizes and GCSE results), crime, population density, traffic and CO2 emissions, and affordability of housing (compared to local earnings), all giving us a relatively good quality of life.

And now the serious stuff… how they gathered the data in Halifax’s own words: “The Halifax Rural Areas Quality of Life Survey tracks where living standards are highest in Great Britain by ranking local performance across key indicators covering the labour market, the housing market, the environment, education and health. The survey examines all 119 rural local authority districts and is based on data at local authority district (LAD) level. Data has been gathered from a number of sources, including Halifax, Point Topic (Broadband data), ONS, DEFRA, the Met Office, the Department for Transport, Department of Children, Schools and Families, the Department of Energy and Climate Change, the Welsh Assembly, Northern Ireland Government and the Scottish Executive.”

But if we didn’t live in Test Valley, the other places to consider would be the East of England as East and South Cambridgeshire, and East Hertfordshire came first, third and fifth respectively, with Wychavon in the West Midlands coming second. Other Hampshire places featuring in the top 50 include East Hampshire (32) and the New Forest (44). Wiltshire featured in 39th place. That said, I’m not planning to move any time soon! Test Valley is such a wonderful place to live with its varied rural

For more local Test Valley articles, as well as local videos, event listings, and a groups section designed to help local organisations raise their profile and grow membership, take a look at, or call Angela on 01264 710 033.




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Toni Simmonds and her head chef Lee McDowall welcome you. The John O’Gaunt Inn is situated in the picturesque and quiet hamlet of Horsebridge. We pride ourselves on offering a warm welcome in a traditional country pub atmosphere. We serve real ales and our menu showcases the best of local produce. Located adjacent to the River Test and just a few short steps away from the popular Test Way, we are a great watering hole for walkers and cyclists alike. Dogs Welcome. Our menu offers good traditional pub food, freshly prepared and using locally sourced seasonal produce whenever possible. Childrens menu available.

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When asked what people most fear when their computer dies the answer is usually losing their photos. With the digital age well and truly upon us most photos are only kept in one place; the computer. So how do we protect from this potential threat (and it’s not just your photos!)? The answer is a simple one – backup your system adequately on a regular basis. What options are open to us to achieve this peace of mind? • DVD – You could simply choose to copy your files onto a DVD. This is a simple process but requires you to choose the appropriate files and remember to do it! You may also need many DVDs depending on how much data you need to copy. • USB drive – This involves attaching a USB drive and copying your files to it. This can be achieved using the software that comes with the USB drive and setting it up so you can schedule the backup to happen automatically – no more having to remember to backup new photos and files! • Web based (eg Cloud) – uploading your information to the internet on an encrypted i.e. very secure site. This type of backup is done in the background automatically and will happen every time you change a file or add a photo to your computer. It has the added bonus that if your PC and back up device are both stolen then your photos and other files are still safely waiting for you to access them. So what is right for you? There are pros and cons of all types of backup and a combination is always a good idea; a personalised backup plan for your situation is probably best. If you have questions regarding this or any other computer issue then contact PC PAL on 01264 931000, email or visit


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Music and drama group, meet every Friday 8pm, Woodley Village Hall, School Road, Romsey New members needed for our Summer show, all ages welcome. For more information come along or phone Rachel: ����������������������������������������������������������������������������023 8049 8955 or Clare: ��������������������������������������������������������������������������� 01794 523578

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John Hughes, Garry Graydon and staff welcome you to the Boot Inn. Our Refurbishment Programme is underway! Business continues as usual but please call to check if you are a large party.

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Our hours of business are: Food: 12pm - 2pm (7 days a week) and 6.30pm - 9pm (Tuesday to Saturday) Bar: Monday to Saturday 11am - 3pm and 6pm - 11pm; Sundays 12pm - 3pm and 7pm - 10:30pm

Situated in this rural and tranquil setting, just outside Stockbridge, we offer you a traditional Free House bar serving a selection of cask ales and carefully chosen wines. Our restaurant offers an extensive menu ranging from bar snacks to specialities that change with the seasons. We have an idyllic beer garden set alongside the world renowned River Test. Fishing on the River Test and lake fishing is also available and can be organised from here. The Boot Inn, Houghton, Stockbridge, Hampshire SO20 6LH

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THE OLD BREWERS Relax in a traditional country pub with a warm welcome and open fire. Wednesday Evening – Pool night. Free pool table & light supper of crusty bread & chips Thursday Evening – Food available 6.30pm-9pm. Home made pies with chips and peas £6.50 Friday Evening – Food available 6.30pm-9pm. Curry Night with rice, poppadoms & chutney £6.50 Also Early Bird Menu, with choices – 2 courses £10.50 – 3 courses £13.00 Saturday Evening – Food available 6.30pm-9pm. Early Bird Menu, with choices – 2 courses £10.50 – 3 courses £13.00 Also Specials Menu Sunday Lunch Time 12-2pm – Sunday Roast £8.50, 2 courses £11.50, Mixed Roast £9.50 Choice of 3 meats. Also a Specials Board with other options.

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Tree Runners: Test Valley’s Newest Attraction Offers a Forest Adventure If you’ve got a head for heights and a sense of adventure, you’ll love the newest attraction to Test Valley: Tree Runners in the beautiful Harewood Forest just outside of Andover. The brand new high ropes course gives you the opportunity to climb high amongst the Douglas Fir trees, daring you to walk across suspended and wobbly planks, fly between the trees on a zip wire, and jump from a perfectly good platform just a little too high from the ground. I spent a couple of hours there and had a thoroughly good time. There are courses with different levels of difficulty that you can work through. And the great thing is that they have a course especially for kids to go on without needing adults to be with them – perfect to entertain them on weekends and school holidays. It also feels very safe as Tree Runners have installed the latest in equipment and harnesses where it is impossible for you to not be connected to the wire: only one carabiner can be unlocked at a time so there’s always one that stays connected (honestly, it makes sense when you try it). For the kids, the system keeps them attached all the time so they don’t need parents to be on the course with them. When I first arrived at the course, I was surprised to see just how many people were there; over 100 people had come that day and business has been brisk since they opened, according to Tree Runners founder Ben Emley.

My Tentative Forest Adventure

I was keen to get going, and after a briefing about how it all worked, we climbed up to the first platform

on the ‘green’ course. I’ll admit, as I took my first step off the platform and onto the wobbly planks high up off the ground, my hear t was beating fast but I tried hard not to let it show. It didn’t take long to get into the swing of things and it quickly became fun. The highlight was definitely the long zip wire to what I thought was the end of the course. But oh no, to get off you have to launch yourself off a platform to do a ‘base jump’. While I had watched Ben do it (he said even he took a second to think about it although I’m not sure if that was just to reassure me!) and had seen that once he’d leapt, the descent was fully controlled, I still found it very hard to take that leap. After a bit of dithering I made myself do it and then wondered what the fuss had been about! It was a very satisfying feeling to have conquered that little bit of fear and to know I’d completed the first course. I’ll definitely return to try the next levels although the final Tarzan swing sounds shocking.

Adventurous Ben’s Discovery of Forest Rope Courses

Climbing High in the Treetops of Harewood Forest


Ben has run the paintballing course in the same forest for the past eight years (originally set up in 1997). An adventurer at heart, he has opted to go on several expeditions with bushman Ray Mears to Belize and Namibia. But it was during his time in France, where he canoed, white water rafted, and cycled across the country by himself (read a very entertaining account of that trip here), that he came across these kinds of tree courses.

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Believing Harewood Forest with its Fir trees to be the perfect place for such a course in England, Ben first applied for planning permission six years ago. Finally, after a lengthy battle to get permission, Tree Runners was opened at the end of March 2012. It’s not the first of its kind in the UK: Go Ape brought the concept to the country back in 2002 and now has 28 courses in Forestry Commission land across the UK. But Ben believes his course is different: “We’re totally safe using the new harnessing system, we have nine tree-to-tree zip lines, which no one else has, we’ve got snowboards and bikes you can use high up in the trees and we can be more adventurous so we have plans to grow the course and open up Harewood Forest to people”. This part of Harewood Forest is unusual in that it used to be a municipal dumping ground for tanks, which is why it has proper access with concrete roads making it possible for Tree Runners to be based here. Ben leases the land from owner Lord Camden , as he does with the paintballing. To get Tree Runners going, Ben secured private investments of £250,000. He then chose a French company to design and build the course over five weeks (which they did in the snow in February apparently!). He’d like people leaving the military to know there are

opportunities to work at Tree Runners as well, having enjoyed working with them before at the paintballing course.

Have a Go!

Tree Runners is a great destination for adventurous people and for families. Ben would also like to attract office team building groups, hen or stag parties and school parties. Prices for adults (oaks) are £30 at peak time or £22 off peak; for kids aged 10-17 (saplings), it costs £20 peak, or £15 off peak; and for little ones aged 6-9 (acorns), it’s £12 peak or £9 off peak.


for families and friends aged 6 – 66 Travel though the forest on the longest tree to tree zip in the UK Try out the scariest Tarzan swing this side of the Zambezi Take a leap of faith with our four base jumps Ride on our bicycle or surf on our snowboards six metres up in the trees We have two courses for acorns (ages 6-9) and four courses for saplings (ages 10-17 min height 1.4m) and oaks (18+) so there is a course for everyone. …and what’s best is that with our special harnesses parents can either join the kids, try out adult courses or just relax on our terrace. A must for all Tarzan and Janes of the Jungle.

Cowdown Lane, Harewood Forest SP11 6LE 2 mins south of A303 at the A3093 Andover turn off


Tel: 07775 775688

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At Brightwood, every one of our hardwood windows, doors, conservatories and orangeries is unique and designed and built in our factory to complement your home and lifestyle. To arrange a tour of our factory and showroom, just give us a call on:

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The Fairground, Weyhill, Andover, Hampshire SP11 0ST


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Webbs Natural Pet Care Presents Pooches in the Park in aid of Canine Partners on Sunday 20th May, 2012, 1pm - 4pm, in Romsey Memorial Park. No entry fee. Fun and games for dogs and their owners. Wide range of stalls (not all pet-related!); Bouncy Castle; Silver Band; Have-A-Go Dog Agility

Webbs Natural Pet Care

Looking after pets and wildlife - naturally Wide range of pet food and accessories, all competitively priced and delivered free to your door. Nature Diet Dog Food 

(mixed box of your choice - 18 trays)


James Wellbeloved Cat Food (2kg) £12.49 Burgess Excel Rabbit Food (2kg)


Wild Bird Seed (per kilo)


All prices include delivery in Romsey and the surrounding villages

Tel: 01794 341491 Mob: 07717 650997 email: website:

STOCKISTS OF MOST WELL-KNOWN BRANDS INCLUDING: • Burns • Arden Grange • James Wellbeloved • Nature Diet • Natures Menu and Dorwest Herbs

Blackbarn Log Company

Blackbarn Farm, Grateley, Nr. Andover Hampshire, SP11 7ET Tel: 01264 889276 Fax: 01264 889114 Email: Suppliers of quality seasoned hardwood logs, stored and seasoned in sheltered barns, ideal for log burners and open fires.


At your service! All makes and models of vehicle including vans and light commercials FIND US by entering SO51 0HA into your SatNav Unit 2, Budds Lane Trading Estate, Romsey, Hampshire

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All servicing from £94.95 inc vat

The difference is… we care!

You can order your firewood online for delivery.

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Electrical Contractors Domestic • Commercial Agricultural • Industrial Testing & Certification Thatched Cottage Specialists Rewires • Maintenance Fire Alarms • Emergency Lighting Security Lighting “Part P” Approved Domestic Installer

LOGS FOR SALE Seasoned Hardwood from local managed woodland Available in 200 litre bags or 850 litre truck load Free delivery for local customers within 10 miles TEL: 01794 388313 EMAIL:

Give your local Electrician a call Tel: 01794


Fax: 01794



MOT While You Wait Service & Repairs Tyres & Exhausts Wheel Alignment Air Conditioning Diagnostic Welding

Lee Wolfe


01794 519777

Clutches Body Repairs Collection & Delivery Courtesy Cars Available


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Gas Servicing Landlord Certificates All Plumbing Works Bathroom Installations Disabled Wet Rooms

Boilers Repaired & Installed Oil & LPG Boiler Servicing All Electrical Works Property Maintenance Painting & Decorating

CALL US FOR A FREE QUOTATION Telephone: 01794 523678 Email: Tadburn Offices, 14/5/07Tadburn 10:14 Page 1 Road, Romsey, Hampshire, SO51 5HS

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Our Showroom displays some of the best choice and value in the South If you are unable to visit us, we will come to you

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Maryanne Steele says

“Couples should undergo a relationship MoT” Baroness Tyler, The Head of Relate recently stated in the Times newspaper that couples in their forties should undergo a relationship MOT in order to prevent their marriage falling apart as the strain of midlife takes its toll. She particularly highlighted couples who lead parallel lives spending what little free time they have doing their own thing. Statistics are showing that divorce rates have surprisingly been falling since 2002 but figures published in December 2011 show a rise of 4.9% overall with the sharpest rise amongst the 40-45 age group. So where do couples get to in their relationship when one or other partner gets to this age? When we take time to reflect on partnerships and life it is probably no wonder that this age group struggle. Individuals within a relationship have gone through setting up home, having a child or children, perhaps struggled to build up a business or career, changed jobs and even relocated and moved home at least once if not more. They have perhaps soldiered on through life events like redundancies, illnesses and bereavements. There has possibly been no time to pause and just talk together about how many of these life events might have impacted on them. Instead there have possibly been demands from immediate family and others for help and support. Even couples who believe that they have a strong relationship can become so busy that they take their eye of each other whilst they attend to everyone and everything else; UNTIL THE CRACKS START TO APPEAR….. And often one or other might react in confusion, question what is happening, perhaps blame the other. Usually there is no space or time to take a step back to reflect on where the years have gone and what has happened to the other person in the relationship and most importantly why this has happened. As Baroness Tyler observed – We take time for “health checks, dental check-up and even put our cars through MOTs”. And yet most people do not invest time in their emotional lives and in particular in their relationship. We meet the person we love, and with all our hopes and dreams, commit to marriage or a partnership but then somehow think that things will just work. It seems that often there is a feeling that people within a relationship have changed and therefore the inevitable answer is to part, begin a new relationship etc.


Perhaps a little time spent within a couple counselling session could help if you feel that your relationship might have got into a rut and communication has broken down or if either or both of you just feel plain lonely within the relationship. The start might be to book an assessment with a couple counsellor to talk over how each of you might be feeling. Try not to wait until the relationship has reached a crisis point when things might be said and done which makes going back painful and difficult. Perhaps you might like to call to make an appointment for both of you. Wings is also running a workshop on four Tuesday evenings commencing in May. This is aimed at couples to explore various means of communication and to identify what might be getting in the way of each person in the relationship being heard more clearly. To book please visit our website our call us on 01794-511554 or 07946-400257. Maryanne Steele – Clinical Director, Wings Counselling Psychotherapy and Wellbeing Centre, telephone number 01794-511554.

Centre for Cognitive Analytic Therapy Eating Disorders Clinic 01794 511554 /07946400257 e-mail

Confidential supportive counselling within a group practice comprising highly experienced professionals in: • • • • • • •

Eating Disorders Individual and couple counselling Child and adolescent issues Family work Mother and baby workshops Nutritional help and support Personal coaching, mentoring, clinical supervision and continuous professional development for groups and organisations. • Attractive comfortable group room for hire • Low priced Workshops and group sessions to help you understand and make sense of your feelings.

Please look us up on our website or call us to talk over whatever it is that is troubling you in order to decide if counselling might be helpful at this moment in time.

Free initial consultation

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Romsey Van Hire Reliable vehicle available for long and short term hire from just £25! Reliable vehicles to suit your specific requirements No hidden extras or additional mileage charge Insurance and breakdown relay cover inclusive Ask about our special long term hire offers Last minute/short notice bookings available

FIND US by entering SO51 0HA into your SatNav Unit 2, Budds Lane Trading Estate, Romsey, Hampshire

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25 years experience in modern and historic buildings (Engineering background) Quality workmanship at sensible prices Fully insured, reliable and trustworthy Numerous references from happy clients

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your services.”

If your requirement is not listed, please contact me to enquire!

Romsey Framing 80% of my new business comes from personal recommendations Expert & Inexpensive Telephone Quotes Given Wide Selection of Mouldings Tapestry & Embroidery Stretching Specialist Service for Local Artists DIY Supplies & Advice Given Telephone Tim Davis on

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Tony Britton Landscaping and Construction

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Your local premier landscaping service • Patios and Paving • Timber Decking • Garden Walling • Ponds • Water Features • Traditional Hedge Laying

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• All Types of Fencing • Planting • Turfing • Seeding

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Coming Soon - Blinds and Shutters OPENING TIMES: Mon-Fri 9am-5pm Sat 10am-4pm Unit 4d, Fitz Gilbert Court, Castledown Business Park, Castledown Road, Ludgershall, Wiltshire SP11 9FA




Andover Pest Prevention Domestic & Commercial

BPCA Qualified Fully Insured

HAVE YOU GOT A PROBLEM WITH PESTS? Rats, Mice, Ants, Wasps, Fleas, Insects etc… CALL FOR A FREE NO OBLIGATION QUOTE OR VISIT OUR WEBSITE FOR MORE DETAILS Mike Carling Mobile: 07894 504683 Email:



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Stretch and tone with Iyengar Yoga

Seasoned in large adapted sheds for maximum drying to ensure low moisture content Cut by ourselves from local sustainable woodlands

Daytime/evening classes in Andover, St Mary Bourne, Stockbridge and surrounding Villages.

All log lengths, sizes and various delivery options available For prices, ordering and advice please call Richard on: Tel: 01794 389603 • Mob: 079 000 61158

Small private classes in fully equipped yoga studio, Andover. Contact: Jenny Furby 07734 046234 Email: Website:



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COOPERS METALS –– Scrap Metal Merchant ––

We buy all scrap vehicles: Cars, Vans and Lorries We also buy all scrap metals inc: Iron, Copper, Brass, Lead, Alloy etc Agricultural, Commercial and Domestic site clearances undertaken • Fully insured • Registered Waste Carrier • • Hiab assisted lorries •

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Independent Trainer for Health & Social Care Give your staff the best grounding to do their job INDEPENDENT TRAINING by healthcare professionals for healthcare staff Quality training at affordable prices Range of courses tailored to suit your needs Flexibility to improve accessibility for busy carers How, where and when you want it Tel: 02380 970 811 Email: Web:

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Romsey CBT Private, confidential and personal therapy in Romsey town. For individual therapy by an experienced, qualified and fully accredited member of the British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP). I have more than twenty years experience successfully helping people with a wide range of mental health issues including: • • • • • • • • • •

Depression Anxiety Panic Phobias Obsessive Compulsive Disorders Post-Traumatic Stress Disorders Childhood trauma Bipolar Disorders Relationship or Interpersonal Difficulties Adjustment Disorders

You can get in touch with me using Email:, Telephone: 07773 520682

Using environment friendly lorries

When you use Waltet for your skip hire we will recycle at least 70% of your waste material.

For a greener solution call 02380

Recycling over 90% of inert waste


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Dates For Your Diary

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May 4th

An evening of live music from our in-house guitarist at the Kings Arms Lockerley from 8.00pm, contact 01794-340332.

May 6th

Romsey Farmers Market, Alma Road car Park, Romsey. 10.00am–2.00pm

May 7th

Abbotts Ann Fun Ride, in aid of Andover Riding for the Disabled Association, 10am– 12.30pm. Contact Penny Wilkins 07770-572751.

May 12th

Awbridge Village Fete, Classic Car and Dog Show. 1pm at Awbridge Village Hall and grounds. Bigger and better than ever! New events include live music from The Birnie Boozle Band, Morris dancing by The New Forest Meddlars, Magic Pony Rides and a Table Top Circus. Enjoy real ale in our vintage marquee or a cooling Pimms in our pink one! BBQ, hog roast and teas as well as all our regular stalls and attractions. Lots of fun for all the family. “It’s the best show we go to!”

May 19th

Sparsholt College Countryside Day. Sparsholt College, Westley Lane, Winchester. SO21 2NF. 9.20am–4.30pm

May 20th

Test Valley in Bloom host their annual Gardeners’ Market in Andover High Street from 10am–2pm. Also in the High Street on the same day will be a selection of producers from Hampshire Farmers’ Markets

May 20th

Wherwell Primary School Spring Fete. 11.30am–2.00pm. Barbecue, Drinks, Tent Teas, Stalls and Games, Bouncy Castles and Prize Draw. Everyone is welcome. Come and enjoy the fun!

May 23rd

Come and join us at the Kings Arms for an informative evening where Food and Wine Matching Expert Peter Gentilli (Manager of Caviste Overton) will give an introduction to the art of food and wine matching. Over a three course dinner we will look at which wines work with different types of food and why. So if you have ever puzzled over what wine to have with your favourite dish this is the evening for you! Contact 01794-340332.

May 24th

Question Time Panel event organised by the Andover and District Older People’s Forum. Andover Guild Hall, Andover, 2.00pm–4.30pm. Free afternoon tea for all over 50’s who attend. Put your questions about issues of importance to older people to a Panel of decision makers from the NHS, HCC Social Care and Transport divisions and Test Valley Borough Council . Please send questions in advance to Mollie Antrobus, c/o Test Valley Community Services, East Wing, Wessex Chambers, South Street, Andover or e-mail her on Please give your name and contact details.

May 31st

National Garden Scheme 4 Gardens, Stockbridge. 2.00pm-–5.00pm. For more details contact Dick and Gillian Pugh on 01794-301424

June 2nd

Diamond Jubilee, Stockbridge. Beacon to be lit on Stockbridge Down with a Street Party and BBQ, etc. 2.30pm–4.30pm

June 3rd

Jubilee Jamboree. This event marks the Diamond Jubilee with a ‘typically’ British fete in Beech Hurst Park, Andover. Join us for music, workshops and attractions from 11.00am–5.00pm – a fund day out for the whole family.



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